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Summer Twins booked for November residency at The Echoplex

Summer Twins has been booked for the November residency at The Echoplex.


So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai visited the Brown (not-actually-twin) sisters at their Highland Park home to shoot some 120mm pics and ask Chelsea some questions.


What made you decide to do a residency?

“We have a new album that came out October 2nd on Burger Records called Limbo and we thought we’d do something special to celebrate. The residency is pretty much just an excuse to throw four separate parties with all our favorite bands, friends, and fans. We have lots of fun stuff planned and aim to make each night an experience beyond what you’d expect from a typical show.”


Why did you choose The Echoplex?

“The Echo and Echoplex is an integral part of the L.A. music scene and we’ve been going to shows there for years. One of our first memories is being teenagers and our parents took us to F Yeah Fest in its early years. It was the coolest thing. We also remember seeing Shannon and the Clams play there years ago when we were first starting out and we handed Shannon a copy of our first EP. We were always handing out demos and trying to get shows. Being from Riverside we didn’t know too many people in L.A. and we spent a few years playing to empty rooms so if you would’ve told us we’d have a residency at The Echoplex back then we would’ve freaked out!”


Who are your opening bands?

“We feel like a lot of the same bands always get booked together so we wanted to mix it up and try to get bands from different scenes to join us. We also wanted to bring attention to other talented bands we know of that work really hard to make cool stuff happen. We go way back with a few of the bands. Sweet Bump It, Francisco the Man, and others we have recently met or discovered but we’re so stoked to be playing with all of them.”


What other Los Angeles-based bands do you admire?

“We genuinely admire all the bands that are playing our residency, but there are so many more we love too! If our residency could go on forever we would also love to invite The Blank Tapes, Kim & The Created, Winter, Gothic Tropic, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Feels, Joel Jerome, So Many Wizards, Pearl Charles… There are too many to list!”


Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“We usually like to have one beer to relax and loosen up a little. We’ve also been trying to make time to do some vocal warm ups before we go on.”


What can we expect from your set every week?

“We’ll be playing some new songs off the album that we’re really excited about. We’re also trying something new with Justine [Brown] switching instruments with our guitarist Andy [Moran] and joining me up at the front of the stage for a song or two.”


Will you be playing any covers?

“For the very last night, we’ll be playing a special stripped down acoustic set after our normal set. In addition to some new material we will be playing a couple classic covers. You’ll have to come to the show to find out which ones.”


What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echoplex?

“We hope to make a big splash and throw a good time that attendees will always remember. Hopefully we’ll gain some new fans and bring some new ears to the other bands as well.”


What are you looking forward to the most?

“I had a dream about the residency in which we had an entryway that read “Welcome to Limbo” so we decided to go with that theme. We’re going all out with decorations in hopes of creating a dreamy and strangely surreal atmosphere and have been prepping for that so we can’t wait to see it all come together. We’re also making zine packs for each night which will include a mini-zine with contributions from the bands, a limited edition button, and a sticker featuring our residency artwork done by Amber McCall. It’s a free show so all proceeds from those will go to support the bands and each night will have a different pack. If you collect them all you’ll get a free copy of our album on the last night. Overall we’re also really stoked to share our new songs, see all the bands play, and see all our friends and fans together in one place. It’s going to be a dream!”

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“Vivre Sa Vie” by ghostporn (Premiere)

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As ghostporn, Kenny Carranza and Tasia Trevino might have the dopest band moniker ever. The Little Armenia denizens began the project on a dare and have since evolved the act from “raw, acoustic beginnings” into “lush, emotional [indie] rock.” Their moody, debut EP, Dream Songs, was recorded by Joel Jerome and released via Lolipop Records late last year, but the couple has already returned by leaking the psychedelic fuzz single “Vivre Sa Vie.”

“My chest caved in, but I did not complain.”

ghostporn will perform tomorrow (7-18) at Non Plus Ultra.


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“Kill My Baby Tonight” by L.A. WITCH

unnamedL.A. WITCH returns by leaking the first single, “Kill My Baby Tonight,” off their forthcoming debut full-length. Recorded by Joel Jerome at Abbey Road West Studios, the hazy, lo-fi track revives their signature somber, psych-surf vibe and is the first to feature new drummer Ellie English. And just as riding a wave can turn into a tumble, the song ends by breaking into a guitar solo of brash reverb.

“I want to hurt my baby tonight, if he don’t come home on time.”

L.A. WITCH is currently on their Kill My Baby Tour.


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“Gearin’ up for Desert Daze” w/ L.A. WITCH

IMG_7840-1Psychedelic surf rockers L.A. WITCH will perform at the 4th annual Desert Daze on May 2nd…


…so Free Bike Valet and MINIVAN Photography recently visited the band to shoot some pics and ask some questions about the upcoming music fest as they recorded a new single with producer Joel Jerome.


What can you tell us about this studio?
Ellie English (drums): “The studio is called Abbey Road West. We met Joel [Jerome] through Lucy [Miyaki] from Tashaki Miyaki. They recorded our first EP with our original drummer. This is our third recording session with Joel for our first full-length cassette which is coming out this year. Joel is a talented musician, producer, and engineer. He records a lot of rad L.A. bands.”
You performed at last year’s Desert Daze. How was that?
Ellie: “We were really excited.”
Irita Pai (bass): “We’d never been a part of any Moon Block Party event so when Phil [Pirrone] invited us to play we were super stoked. We played really early in the day. It was super hot but the sound was amazing and there was a great crowd there.”
Sade Sanchez (guitar, vocals): “We got the chance to play with bands we grew up listening to which was cool.”
To you, what has Desert Daze grown to become?
Sade: “It’s inspiring to see a small group of people with not a lot of funds create and put together a festival of that scale. And bringing bigger bands and smaller bands together on the same stage.”
Ellie: “People get introduced to new music and get to see really big bands they’ve listened to before.”
How do you feel about playing again this year?
Sade: “We’re excited to be a part of it again. It’s gonna be a cool way to kick off our May tour.”
Ellie: “I’m looking forward to playing again this year. Camping and hanging out with friends is a lot of fun too.”
Irita: “It’s always a good time.”
How are you preparing yourself?
Ellie: “Last year we packed my ’95 Honda Odyssey with six people, camping gear, band equipment, and overnight bags. This year we upgraded to a bigger van and we finally have t-shirts!”
Sade: “They were designed by our friend Clay Cavender who we met at one of our shows.”
What can we expect from your set on May 2nd?

Irita: “We will be playing new songs at Desert Daze for our month long tour revolving around the Midwest, the South, and Austin Psych Fest!”

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